Unusually warm January weather expected in Southeast

High pressure at the mid and upper-levels will expand across the southeastern quadrant of the Nation through Friday, which will bring a period of unseasonably warm temperatures to areas from the southern plains to the Great Lakes and Northeast, according to the National Weather Service.

High temperatures today and Thursday will be 15 to 30 degrees above average across these areas. The period of warm weather will be ended by a strong cold front which will move south across the central plains and Great Lakes on Thursday, and into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Thursday night.

As colder air associated with the cold front moves into the southern plains by Thursday night and Friday morning, moisture overrunning the front is forecast to support the development of freezing rain.